The internet is awash with lists for twenty-somethings, displaying the wisdom and often silliness those tender teen years can bring. One would imagine that by the time you hit your 30s those melodramatic lists would be a thing of the past, but here another one is, ready to taunt you.
The truth is, perfection doesn’t happen overnight. And even though most lists about those in their 20s feel obvious and sometimes petty, hitting your 30s doesn’t mean you’re suddenly in the clear. Sooner rather than later, someone is going to want to point all of those things out — those things that we still do, even though our older selves really should know better. So it begins.
PUTTING UP WITH DRAMA
What was once acceptable in your life is now intolerable and that is dealing with unnecessary drama. It doesn’t matter where it comes from or in which form; all that matters is knowing it’s a general waste of your time. Yet, despite this knowledge it can be very easy to slip into your old ways. Though it’s nothing to beat yourself up over it is still pretty ridiculous to waste time on petty crap when you could be binging on CraveTV.
EATING CEREAL FOR DINNER
When you first set out on your own there were countless nights of ramen or cup-a-soup for dinner and at that point in your life it felt somewhat normal. However, by 30 the expectations change and all of a sudden you feel the pressure to make a delicious full-course meal every night. Sometimes you just don’t have the energy and while that is totally okay, grabbing a salad to-go is likely a better option for your health then a bowl of cereal for din-din.
TELLING EVERYONE YOUR BUSINESS ON FACEBOOK
By far the worst habit to break coming into your 30s is over sharing on your Facebook status. Maybe you were mad at your boss or your friend did something to annoy you. Regardless of the event that took place, sharing it with the world on social media is simply better left in your 20s. Better yet, it is something to avoid no matter how old you are.
SKIPPING A BEAUTY ROUTINE
Whether it’s a late night and you just can’t bother or you’ve almost passed out on the couch and walked like a zombie to your bed, skipping a face wash is not the way to go. At this point in your life you likely have a strict routine of lotions and potions to help you keep your skin the way want it. A skip here and there on makeup removal is fine, but making a habit of the situation will bite you later on.
AVOIDING A WORK OUT
It is far too easy to create excuses as to why you can’t make it to the gym or take a quick jog before work, but doing this often is only going to cause stress. You will spend more time feeling guilty for skipping your workout than the amount of time it would take to actually exercise. So suck it up and get those buns moving!
This applies to all aspects and try as you might, this little habit can be hard to kick at any age. Whether you’re staying at work long after your scheduled hours or completing home projects until your body becomes mush — it’s just not good for business. It may not feel like a big deal now, but working yourself into an oblivion is going to catch up to you and by that time it will be too late to backtrack.
BUYING CRAPPY THINGS BECAUSE IT’S EASIER
Your 20s were probably spent buying all the $10 shirts you could get your hands-on, but by the end you learned that you had to buy those shirts over and over because they were horrible quality and most of the time they fell apart after a few washes. Now that you know better you can splurge on the quality items that will last you for years to come. Falling back into the habit of cheap and cheerful is fine, but understand that your knowledge of smart shopping is being wasted if you’re hitting up the same stores you were five years ago.
NOT GIVING YOURSELF ENOUGH CREDIT
By now you should know that you are awesome, but sometimes the lines get blurred and you are left beating yourself up when you should be lifting yourself up. The pity party is a party of one and that’s you. Change the cycle because feeling like crap is something no one in their 30s should have time for!